Hardwood Floor Refinishing San Diego – Refinish or Replace?
Timeless beauty, elegant design, and dependable durability; with hardwood floors, homeowners enjoy a quality flooring option that will stand the test of time. However, if you are looking to update your hardwood floors, consider refinishing. Hardwood floor refinishing San Diego is a great way to maintain a hardwood’s appearance without the cost and time needed to install new hardwood floors.
At Unique Flooring San Diego we believe refinishing is one of the best ways to bring back to life dull hardwood floors. Over time your floors become scratched, dented and seeped of color in places that receive high traffic. By refinishing your hardwood floors you are able to bring back their original luster and aesthetic appeal.
Many homeowners are unsure when and why they should refinish their hardwood floors. Fortunately, there is a simple test that can be performed which will help determine if refinishing is necessary. Take a wet rag and drip a little water on your hardwood floors. If the water stays on the surface then you do not need to refinish your wood floors. However, if the water quickly soaks into the floor, then the surface protection has worn away and refinishing is necessary.
Refinishing Your Own Wood Floors
If you are thinking about refinishing your own hardwood floors, you will need to consider the condition of your floor and the species of your hardwood. This will help you determine best sanding practices and which type of stain will work best with your particular hardwood. You will need to take precautions as floor sanding and refinishing will generate a lot of dust a fumes. Stop by your local hardware store and purchase masks and earplugs for protection during the hardwood refinishing process.
When sanding, it is often best to rent an orbital sander to help save time and money. With an orbital sander you can sand against or with the grain, just remember to keep the sander level; not taking too much off the top hardwood layer and destroying the floor.
When applying stain, remember that you want the stain to go on as evenly as possible. This will likely mean completing small sections at a time with multiple layers. Use an applicator to apply stain in one section and rub the remaining amount off with a rag for a uniform appearance. For first time refinishers, oil based stains tend to be easier to work with when compared to their water-based counterparts because they stay workable for longer periods of time.
The cost of refinishing your hardwood floors will vary depending on the square footage of your home (or the area with the hardwood installed). For those who would prefer assistance from a professional refinishing company, contact the experts at Unique Flooring in San Diego. We offer affordable refinishing options and advice for individuals looking to bring their San Diego hardwood floors back to life.